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Combined Jewish Philanthropies

Combined Jewish Philanthropies is the country's oldest federated Jewish philanthropy organization. Combined Jewish Philanthropies traces its roots back to April 25, 1895 when the Federation of Jewish Charities in Boston was established. Today the organization is located on High Street in Boston, Massachusetts.

The motto of Combined Jewish Philanthropies is to live generously. They give funds to a wide range of Jewish institutions and agencies. Some of the areas where the funds go to to elder care and also to pre- schoolers. The funds also go worldwide, to people living in the former Soviet Union, in Argentina and in Israel schools. The funds support community centers, elder services, family services, adult education, religious institutions, film festivals and the arts.

How do donations to Combined Jewish Philanthropies work? For $18 an older person can be given elder care for a month. For $45 a family of three living in Argentina can have food for a month. For $100 a person with disabilities can have two hours of career counseling. For $365 an at-risk Jewish child in Ethiopia can have one month of pre-school classes will be paid for. A $500 donation will underwrite an Introduction to Judaism class. Giving to Combined Jewish Philanthropies go to help the lives of many people.

The Greater Boston Food Bank

The Greater Boston Food Bank traces its roots back to 1981 when it was legally incorporated. The Greater Boston Food Bank started by donating 100,000 pounds of food to 60 agencies. Today the Food Bank distributes approximately 30 million pounds of food and groceries to more than 600 member hunger relief agencies. The Greater Boston Food Bank stretches out to help the communities of Lowell and Lawrence, the Greater Boston area, down to Cape Cod, Fall River, New Bedford and the Worcester area.

The Food Bank accepts donations of food, money and volunteer time. One of their programs is the Brown Bag. This Brown Bag program provides supplemental groceries to seniors and disabled individuals and families on a monthly basis. This 15 pound bag includes such staples as milk, cheese, pasta, rice, ground beef, tuna, green beans, peanut butter and oatmeal.

The Greater Boston Food Bank is located at 99 Atkinson Street in Boston. Another one of their successful programs is called Kids Cafe. This is an after school and summer time meal program. The Food Bank has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs. Nutritional meals and nutrition education is given to more than 1,000 disadvantaged children each week. The Food Bank works hard to provide food for all those in need.